Ariane Daguin

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BornMarch 12, 1958
Auch, in the Gascony region of France
Alma materColumbia University
  • Business owner
  • Author
  • Culinary celebrity
  • Educator

Ariane Daguin is a French born American business owner, author, culinary celebrity and educator. Born in Auch, in the Gascony region of France, she was the first child[1] of parents Jocelyne and Michelin starred chef André Daguin. [2] She is the co-founder, CEO and owner of the American gourmet meat distributor, D'Artagnan (food company)|D'Artagnan. [1] She also co-founded the non-profit farm foundation All For One One For All Farm in 2021. [3]


Daguin was born on March 12, 1958, and grew up assisting her father with food preparation and gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to eventually launch D'Artagnan in America. [4]

In 1978, she came to America to pursue an academic degree at Columbia University. While living in New York City and attending school, Daguin was working part time for a New York pâté producer. In 1985, Daguin was presented with an chance to market duck and duck foie gras from the Catskills [5] area of New York, and she launched D'Artagnan. As the company grew, it also started marketing other poultry that held to a standard of no hormones, no cages, no stress. [6]

In 1988, Daguin gave birth to her first and only child, her daughter, Alix Daguin. [1]

Daguin has appeared on many television shows, podcasts and has been the subject of numerous articles. She appeared on several television shows, including on Anthony Bourdain's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations|No Reservations for the 2017 "Holiday Special" Episode. [7] Bourdain also named his only daughter after Daguin. [8]

Early Professional Career

Daguin started out supplying meat and poultry via D'Artagnan to chefs, such as Daniel Boulud, David Burke, Patrick Clark (chef)|Patrick Clark (the first black chef to win a James Beard Foundation Award), and Jean-Louis Palladin.

The company was the first in America to distribute fresh foie gras. [9] [10] The company was one the first to commercialize organic chicken in the USA, even though the United States Department of Agriculture|USDA hadn't yet defined Organic food|organic.

Later Professional Career


In August 2005, Daguin bought out her co-founder. The company then started growing rapidly, reaching record sales of $50 million in 2008 [11] and then ballooning to $130 million in revenue in 2019. [12]

Some of the major milestones included creating and introducing the Rohan duck breed in 2011, [13] and opening an additional four warehouses and distribution centers.

The D'Artaganan Farms Foundation

All for One One for All Farm

Founded in 2021 by Daguin and her daughter Alix, AOOA Farm is a non-profit foundation based out of Goshen, New York|Goshen, NY, focusing on regenerative agriculture, silvopasture and Agriculture|agricultural and Gastronomy|gastronomic education.

Awards and Honors

  • 1994 - James Beard Foundation Award - “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America[14]
  • 2005 - Bon Appétit|Bon Appetit Magazine - "Lifetime Achievement Award" [15]
  • 2006 - France - "Legion of Honour|Legion d'Honneur" [16]
  • 2010 - L'Academie Culinaire de France - "Dame de l'Année" [17]
  • 2014 - Fast Company - "Most Creative People in Business" [18]
  • 2017 - La Renaissance Française - "La Médaille d’Or de La Renaissance Française" [19]
  • 2018 - International Association of Culinary Professionals - "Trailblazer Award" [20]
  • 2018 - Forbes - Small Giants Award[21]

Professional and Charitable Organizations

  • Food Council Member - City Harvest (United States)|CityHarvest [22]
  • Awards Committee - James Beard Foundation
  • Board Member - French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC-NY)

Television Appearances

Published Works

  • D'Artagnan à New-York. Ariane Daguin. Editions Grasset 2010. ISBN (identifier)|ISBN Special:BookSources/978-2-246-71761-4|978-2-246-71761-4
  • D'Artagnan's Glorious Game Cookbook. Pruess, Joanna; Ariane Daguin; George Faison; 1999. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN (identifier)|ISBN Special:BookSources/0-316-17075-5|0-316-17075-5.


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  2. Grimes, William (2019-12-03). "André Daguin Dies at 84; Chef Made Gascony (and a Dish) Famous". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-27.
  3. Fabricant, Florence (2021-06-14). "D'Artagnan Enters the Farm Business". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
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  20. Crowley, Chris (2018-02-26). "Here Are the 2018 IACP Award Winners". Grub Street. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  21. "Small Giants". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  22. "Meet Our Food Council". City Harvest. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
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